Weekly Update – 27 Jul 2020

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Week-on-Week % Change in Equity Indices

Asian Equity Market

Japanese markets played catch up after their holiday and ended Friday’s session with -2.82% paced by risk-off flows due to the stronger Yen and concerns over domestic growth.

Asia markets, in general, were slightly tempered as the Dollar strength and an adjustment in the risk mood, seeped into late Asian Trade. Meanwhile, SHCOMP outperformed throughout the week with a potential break of the downtrend line from 14 Jul buoyed by the positive sentiment in China.

Source: Bloomberg

European Equity Market

Major bourses traded within a narrow range at the beginning of the week. However, European shares fell to a one-month low on Friday across all indices due to weak earnings results.

Source: Bloomberg

US Equity Market

US equities traded within a wide range throughout the week with a significant rise on Wednesday and Friday.

On Wednesday, the Fed reiterated that they would maintain interest rates near zero for as long as it takes to recover from the pandemic, which drove U.S. Equity indices up. The US stocks ended the week and the month on an upswing as a rally in tech shares led major indices higher, in particular the tech index, Nasdaq. The strong earnings from some of the largest US companies contributed to the index gains.

Source: Bloomberg


US 30Y Treasury yields moved in line with the US equity markets throughout the week which could indicate that the outflow of funds from the credit markets to the equity markets is based on the overall risk sentiment. The US 2Y – 10Y curve flattened for the bulk of the week as investors waited for Washington lawmakers to reach a deal on Covid-19 relief. The flattened US 2Y-20Y curve illustrates investors’ expectations over weak growth and low inflation. Bond volatility, as measured by the Move index, moved to all-time lows, as the Fed’s expansion of the balance sheet pushed volatility in the rates space down.

Source: Bloomberg


Silver reached a near-term blow-off top on Tuesday, with the Dollar’s performance dictating the moves in the precious metals space. Volatility in Silver was elevated as the metal traded within a wide range throughout the week.

Base metals saw less volatility as copper and nickel traded within a narrow range. On Wednesday, Zinc was the outperformer rising +2.25% following reports that China became a net steel importer in June, which happened for the 1st time since 2009.

Source: Bloomberg



After a week of consecutive daily losses in the Dollar, the Dollar index bounced off a 2 year low on Tuesday. However, the bounce appeared short-lived and looked primed for further weakness as the US continued to see a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. With the Fed’s historic expansion of the balance sheet and jobless benefits already weighing on the Dollar, an extension for the impending expiration of the benefits and uncertainty over the upcoming US presidential elections has added to the Dollar’s sinking feeling. Some respite came on Friday, where the Dollar rose against a basket of currencies as month-end flows had investors covering shorts and taking profit after the biggest monthly decline in the currency in a decade.

Source: Bloomberg


AUD continued to benefit from the weakened Dollar throughout the week except on Friday when the Dollar markedly, wiping out the four previous days of gains.

Source: Bloomberg


The Euro breached the technically important $1.16 level and continued to climb, hitting highs last seen in September 2018. The Euro’s strength was also aided by the stronger than expected June preliminary PMI in Germany and the EU.

Source: Bloomberg


The pound held near a 4-month high as retail sales prints came in better than expected. The pound breached the 1.310 level, before failing near the resistance at 1.320. Friday’s decline broke a series of 10 consecutive days of gains.

Source: Bloomberg


The risk-off sentiment led to a rise in the Yen against the Dollar. There is still some divergence between the risk-on sentiment in the equity market and the risk-off sentiment in the currency market. However, on Friday, the Dollar strengthened against the Yen, casting aside gains from the previous days.

Source: Bloomberg


Throughout the week, gold traded to within USD20 of the USD2000/ounce but was thwarted by bouts of strength in the Dollar. Falls were fleeting though, with gold recovering from Thursday’s drop. There may be some possible hints of exhaustion in Gold in the daily chart, after its torrid pace of gains in the last 2 weeks.

Source: Bloomberg

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United States
  • Senate Republicans released their proposal for phase four stimulus on Monday evening. Altogether, the proposals held few surprises and would – provide another round of tax rebates, $1,200 per adult and $500 per dependent, for individuals making $75k or less; scale back the $600/week enhanced unemployment benefit to $200/week for two months to allow states to implement a new 70% wage replacement formula that would run through end-2020; provide $60bn in new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding and repurpose the $130bn in unused PPP funding for another round of loans targeting smaller businesses that continue to face demand shortfalls; provide $105bn for schools, two-thirds of which would go to schools that implement a re-opening plan; institute a liability shield for businesses that make a “reasonable” effort to follow local health guidelines; and increase employer tax credit incentives for worker retention. The Republican proposal did not include aid for state & local governments
  • The FOMC statement noted its commitment to using its full range of tools to support the US economy amid the tremendous human and economic hardships and warned that the path of the economy would depend significantly on the course of the virus, with Fed chair Powell warning that the Covid-19 resurgence was starting to “weigh.” The Fed also said it would increase its holdings of UST and agency MBS to at least the current pace to sustain smooth market functioning. The Fed also announced it would extend the temporary liquidity swap lines to nine foreign central banks and the foreign repo program through 31 March 2021. Continuing on the Fed, they announced that they were extending for three months the key emergency programs that were due to expire at end September
  • In the US, initial jobless claims rose for the second consecutive week by 12k to 1.43m. Personal income shrank 1.1% in June, but personal spending rose again by 5.6%. The core PCE deflator also rose 0.2% m/m (0.9% y/y) in June, while the Chicago PMI surged from 36.6 in June to 51.9 in July
  • Escalating US-Sino tension over Tik-Tok, amongst other Chinese apps. Of note, Mike Pompeo shared that the Trump administration is poised to announce a decision on Tik-Tok and “a broad array” of Chinese owned software deemed to pose national-security risks. Trump said that he planned to ban the video-sharing app, but the secretary of state’s comments suggest an expansion of possible targets
  • On the Covid-19 vaccine front, Pfizer and BioNTech started a Phase 2/3 safety and efficacy clinical study on their vaccine while Moderna received another $472 million award from the U.S for its vaccine efforts


  • Germany’s 2Q20 gross domestic output shrank by -10.1% q/q and -11.7% y/y. The results were worse than consensus estimates of -9%
  • Spain reported a record plunge in 2Q20 GDP of -18.5% q/q. The severity of this fall illustrated the effects of Spain’s lockdown since mid-march
  • French economy contracted -13.8% q/q in 2Q20. However, the economy was quick to recover towards the end of the quarter, running at an approximate 90% capacity in July


  • China passenger traffic flow recovered to nearly 70% of the same period last year which indicated citizen’s confidence in the Chinese government to deal with the pandemic
  • China warned the United Kingdom on Thursday that the UK will not have a future if they attempted to decouple from China. China’s ambassador stated that the UK would “pay the price” for treating China with such hostility
Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong economy contacted for the fourth straight quarter by 9.0% y/y (-0.1% q/q sa)
  • Hong Kong postpones the Legislative Council elections for a year ‘over virus concerns’. However, democracy campaigners have accused the government of using the pandemic as a pretext to stop people from voting, with this election being the first after the controversial National Security Law was implemented. Police have disqualified 12 democratic candidates from the election
  • In Singapore, the MAS asked banks to cap their 2020 dividends at 60% of last year’s levels, pushing bank stocks down for the entirety of Thursday’s trading
  • The total, resident, and Singapore unemployment rates jumped to 2.9%, 3.5%, and 4% respectively in 2Q20. Total employment excluding FDW fell by a record of 121,800. This is more than 4x the 25,600 decline in 1Q20, even though retrenchments only rose to 12,760. The labor market is likely to deteriorate further, and the total unemployment rate may rise to 3-3.5% by year-end, potentially warranting more policy assistance
  • The construction of an $880 million light rail project linking Malaysia’s southern state of Johor with Singapore will begin in 2021. It is expected to complete by 2026
Commuters take the Woodlands Causeway to Singapore from Johor a day before Malaysia imposes a lockdown on travel due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Singapore March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su



All Day Canada – Civic Holiday
6:30  AUDAIG Manufacturing Index (Jul)
7:50  JPYGDP (YoY)  
7:50  JPYGDP (QoQ)  
9:45  CNYCaixin Manufacturing PMI (Jul)
12:00  IDRCore Inflation (YoY) (Jul)
12:00  IDRInflation (MoM) (Jul)
13:30  GBPInvesting.com GBP/USD Index
13:30  USDInvesting.com Gold Index
13:30  USDInvesting.com S&P 500 Index
13:30  CADInvesting.com USD/CAD Index
13:30  AUDInvesting.com AUD/USD Index
13:30  JPYInvesting.com USD/JPY Index
13:30  EURInvesting.com EUR/USD Index
15:15  EURSpanish Manufacturing PMI (Jul)
15:45  EURItalian Manufacturing PMI (Jul)
15:50  EURFrench Manufacturing PMI (Jul)
15:55  EURGerman Manufacturing PMI (Jul)
16:00  EURManufacturing PMI (Jul)
16:30  GBPManufacturing PMI (Jul)
21:45  USDManufacturing PMI (Jul)
22:00  USDISM Manufacturing Employment (Jul)
22:00  USDISM Manufacturing PMI (Jul)


0:30  USDFOMC Member Bullard Speaks  
7:30  JPYTokyo Core CPI (YoY) (Jul)
7:30  JPYCPI Tokyo Ex Food and Energy (MoM) (Jul)
9:00  AUDTrade Balance (Jun)
9:30  AUDRetail Sales (MoM) (Jun)
11:35  JPY10-Year JGB Auction
12:30  AUDRBA Interest Rate Decision (Aug)
12:30  AUDRBA Rate Statement  
15:00  EURSpanish Unemployment Change
22:00  USDFactory Orders (MoM) (Jun)


4:30  USDAPI Weekly Crude Oil Stock
8:30  JPYServices PMI (Jul)
9:45  CNYCaixin Services PMI (Jul)
9:45  CNYChinese Composite PMI (Jul)
15:15  EURSpanish Services PMI (Jul)
15:45  EURItalian Services PMI (Jul)
15:50  EURFrench Services PMI (Jul)
15:55  EURGerman Services PMI (Jul)
16:00  EURMarkit Composite PMI (Jul)
16:00  EURServices PMI (Jul)
16:04  IDRGDP (QoQ) (Q2)
16:30  GBPComposite PMI (Jul)
16:30  GBPServices PMI (Jul)
17:00  EURRetail Sales (MoM) (Jun)
20:00  JPYBoJ Governor Kuroda Speaks  
20:15  USDADP Nonfarm Employment Change (Jul)
20:30  USDExports
20:30  USDImports
20:30  USDTrade Balance (Jun)
20:30  CADTrade Balance (Jun)
21:30  USDSeevol Cushing Storage Report
21:45  USDMarkit Composite PMI (Jul)
21:45  USDServices PMI (Jul)
22:00  USDISM Non-Manufacturing Employment (Jul)
22:00  USDISM Non-Manufacturing PMI (Jul)
22:30  USDCrude Oil Inventories
22:30  USDCushing Crude Oil Inventories


5:00  USDFOMC Member Mester Speaks  
14:00  GBPBoE Inflation Report  
14:00  GBPBoE MPC vote cut (Jul)
14:00  GBPBoE MPC vote hike (Jul)
14:00  GBPBoE MPC vote unchanged (Jul)
14:00  GBPBoE QE Total (Jul)
14:00  GBPBoE Interest Rate Decision (Jul)
14:00  GBPBoE MPC Meeting Minutes  
14:00  EURGerman Factory Orders (MoM) (Jun)
14:15  INRInterest Rate Decision
15:30  EURIHS Markit Construction PMI (Jul)
16:30  GBPConstruction PMI (Jul)
17:00  EURSpanish 10-Year Obligacion Auction
19:30  GBPBoE Gov Bailey Speaks  
20:30  USDInitial Jobless Claims
22:00  USDFOMC Member Kaplan Speaks  


0:00  GBPBoE Financial Stability Report  
7:30  JPYHousehold Spending (YoY) (Jun)
7:30  JPYHousehold Spending (MoM) (Jun)
9:30  AUDHome Loans (MoM)
9:30  AUDRBA Monetary Policy Statement  
9:45  AUDRBA Assist Gov Ellis Speaks  
14:00  EURGerman Industrial Production (MoM) (Jun)
14:00  EURGerman Trade Balance (Jun)
14:45  EURFrench Non-Farm Payrolls (QoQ) (Q2)  
15:30  GBPHalifax House Price Index (YoY)
15:30  GBPHalifax House Price Index (MoM) (Jul)
16:12  CNYExports (YoY) (Jul)
16:12  CNYImports (YoY) (Jul)
16:12  CNYTrade Balance (USD) (Jul)
20:30  USDAverage Hourly Earnings (MoM) (Jul)
20:30  USDAverage Hourly Earnings (YoY) (YoY) (Jul)
20:30  USDNonfarm Payrolls (Jul)
20:30  USDParticipation Rate (Jul)
20:30  USDPrivate Nonfarm Payrolls (Jul)
20:30  USDUnemployment Rate (Jul)
20:30  CADEmployment Change (Jul)
20:30  CADUnemployment Rate (Jul)
22:00  CADIvey PMI (Jul)
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